Mark Leslie


Mark Leslie

Lecturer in Management

Teaching Statement

Mark Leslie is a successful entrepreneur and continues to be active in the Silicon Valley community. In his relationship with Stanford GSB he focuses on course and case development in the areas of entrepreneurship, sales and ethics. He co-developed the school’s seminal course on sales organizations “Building and Managing Professional Sales Forces. He also developed the course “Dilemmas and Decisions”. His courses cover many topics related to the growth of Silicon Valley companies, as well as companies around the United States and abroad. He is an energetic and devoted teacher, and states that his aspiration is: “To impact all, and to inspire a few."


Mark Leslie is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Sales Organization. He is also the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company, and serves on the boards of public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Mark Leslie was Co-Founder and  Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure as CEO, the company went from 12 employees to 6,000 employees, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year. In 2000, Veritas was the 10th largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company.

From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high-tech start-up companies. His prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer focused on operating systems.

Mark currently serves on the boards of, or is an advisor to. a number of high-tech and biotech companies.  Mark is also on the boards of Stanford Health Care, New York University and the Leslie Family Foundation.

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development (PMD)in 1980.

Academic Degrees

  • PMD Executive Management Program, Harvard Business School, 1980
  • BA, New York University, 1966

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2001
  • Lecturer in Management Science and Engineering, Stanford School of Engineering, 2002
  • Lecturer in Business, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, 2001
  • Fellow at Judge Business School, Cambridge University

Professional Experience

  • Founder, President, CEO, and Chairman, Veritas Software, 1990-2001
  • Chairman, President, and CEO, Rugged Digital Systems, Inc., 1984-1989
  • Founder, President, and CEO, Synapse Computer Corp., 1980-1984


Journal Articles

Stanford Case Studies

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Service to the Profession

Board of Directors

  • Wall Street Systems, 2008-present
  • Sugar CRM, 2008-present
  • Xsigo Systems, 2007-present
  • NetApp, 2004-present
  • Model N Software, 2001-present

In the Media

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